20 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play

September 24, 2011

When I was younger, so much younger than today, some time in the mid 1980s, I saw an item on kids tv – I think it was john craven’s newsround – marking the 20th anniversary of the beatles releasing sgt peppers lonely hearts club band. I remember thinking two things, one; 20 years was a really, really long time ago and two; why would someone chose that for an item on kids TV news? I think it was the first time I ever questioned the news agenda of a media outlet, the beatles broke up before I was born and when John was shot I hadn’t even started school. My parents talked about the Beatles (my mum having been in the crowd screaming at Heathrow) but, I didn’t matter to me.

I remember this incident clearly and it was brought back to me when I saw the coverage about the 20th anniversary of Nevermind by Nirvana being released. I can actually remember where I was the first time I heard the album. (For the record, in the business studies room at school, we were doing the Young Enterprise Scheme and my suggestion for our company name, which had been selected, was Nirvana and it seemed appropriate we listen to the band who had been unheard of the first week of September when we chose the name and were now being talked about everywhere.)

And Nevermind really did change everything about music. I will rant about Nirvana another time, but while I care immensely about it (and it reminds me the 20th anniversary of Kurt dying is not that far away – and I remember where I was when I heard about that and who told me ) I know people who are 18 who really don’t get it. And I am sure kids TV age children would find it even less relevant (I have no idea if it was covered by Newsround – does Newsround even exist anymore?)

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